Featured Attraction of the Week: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (Free Tickets!)

photo: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Welcome to Inside Vancouver’s new “Featured Attraction” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction, and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible you just need to post a comment.

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the first of its kind outside of China, is an authentic representation of an age – old garden tradition which reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Garden is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar’s residence. With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, its winding paths and corridors, and the vistas that overlook its courtyards, the Garden emulates the rhythms of nature.

The Garden is proud to host the 18th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, in partnership with Secret Lantern Society.

Celebrate the Chinese winter solstice, dong zhi, which marks the rebirth of the yang qualities of light and energy. This year the Garden comes alive as never before!

Move to the samba rhythms of Drum Syndicate, enjoy a choral performance by The Real Treble Makers and raise your spirits in the Winter Solstice Music Ceilidh featuring Toddish McWong and the Black Bear Rebels & Friends.

Enjoy the beautiful heron and koi lanterns created by artist Joey Mallett , the whimsical tea set lanterns of Carmen Rosen, and the ginko and red maple tree lanterns hand-crafted by Garden volunteers. The floating installation “Heaven and Earth” by artist HyungMin Yoon, nspired by a 6th century BC Taoist saying, poetically rearranges itself with the movement of the breeze.

photo: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Add your own dash of colour to the 3rd Annual Community Lantern hosted by the Community Arts Council or join artist Haruko Okano and contribute to the community lantern shrine “The Lightness of Hope”.

View a collection of stunning antique lanterns in the Scholar’s Study while enjoying the Pandora Benevolent Society’s “Replay Your Tea With Me”, which marries the traditional performance art of Chinese Gong Fu Tea ceremony with video processing, enhancing interpersonal connections and expanding the Sacred Space cultivated over the preparation of a cup of tea.

See magical pin-prick lanterns made by students from Sir A. Mackenzie Elementary & Brockton School.

Treat yourself! Fresh warm buns baked by Bonchaz will be available for purchase in the Hall Of One Hundred Rivers, as well as Solstice tea served hot and spicy.

Remember to pick up your own lantern and other Solstice gifts at the Garden’s Eight Treasures Shop.

photo: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Contact Information:
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2
P: 604.662.3207
W: www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

Directions:
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens is located in the heart of Chinatown, and is easily accessible by car or public transit. For more information on how to get to the gardens, please click here.

We are giving away Two (2) Admission Passes for the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment below. We’ll randomly select a winner on Friday and notify them by email.

Updated December 16th: Congratulations Gwill! You are the winner of two (2) admission passes to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Please check your email for further details.

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